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Message 1932309 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 13:51:22 UTC

A continuation of I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #4 As per the OP there: "If anyone wishes to continue the "Good cop, Bad cop" discussion. Open your own thread."

As the last thread was closed due to offtopic back-and-forth sniping I guess I have to set the OP as I did with the Donald Trump thread.

The topic of this thread is Police and Law Enforcement, including both the bad (police corruption, crimes committed by police officers, systemic ethnic/racial bias in police forces, etc.) and good (heroic and above-and-beyond actions by police officers and police departments, etc.)
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Message 1932320 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 14:27:29 UTC

For years the RotW followed where the US lead.

Time the US followed Britain's lead?
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Message 1932327 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 15:03:18 UTC

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Message 1932330 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 15:18:04 UTC - in response to Message 1932327.  

A boost for DNA & family trees :-)

That's an interesting way to search, send the suspect DNA to the genealogy sites and ask for family matches. Don't even have to tell the genealogy site you are the cops when you send the sample and the fee.
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Message 1932333 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 15:22:54 UTC - in response to Message 1932330.  

Agree but not long after seeing that on the BBC website, I saw another which I posted the link in the computer thread. Like everything else, it could be open to abuse :-(
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Message 1932406 - Posted: 27 Apr 2018, 22:53:09 UTC

Another day this time 2 cops
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-arrests-20180427-story.html
Cmdr. Nicole Mehringer was arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated in public at about 1:45 a.m. near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard, a Glendale police spokeswoman said.

An LAPD spokeswoman confirmed that another "department supervisor" was also arrested. Glendale police identified him as James Kelly and said he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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Message 1932511 - Posted: 28 Apr 2018, 14:24:54 UTC - in response to Message 1932502.  

Another day this time 2 cops
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-arrests-20180427-story.html
Cmdr. Nicole Mehringer was arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated in public at about 1:45 a.m. near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard, a Glendale police spokeswoman said.

An LAPD spokeswoman confirmed that another "department supervisor" was also arrested. Glendale police identified him as James Kelly and said he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

As with all professions. Just look at the continuous arrests of teachers sexually abusing their underage students. There are relatively few, considering the amount of people in that profession, who should never have been employed.

No... The teaching profession not a 'hot bed' of sexual abuse. Nor is the Law Enforcement profession a 'hot bed' of...

That LA Times article references 5 officers from the LAPD busted in 5 days, that is a rate of one a day. Extrapolating, 365 cops a day from a department of 9000 officers is 4.055555555555556% of the officers busted a year. That is a "hot bed" Deal with the realities of today.
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Message 1932514 - Posted: 28 Apr 2018, 14:52:02 UTC

Is "shoot to kill" next a policy which could be thought of as valid?

Or perhaps not policy above, but rather a statutory right, when it sometimes happens.
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Message 1932693 - Posted: 29 Apr 2018, 17:48:07 UTC

So much for police & law enforcement :-(

Another expensive failure to disclose evidence
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Message 1933643 - Posted: 4 May 2018, 17:29:44 UTC

Once an LAPD, always an LAPD.
http://gossiponthis.com/2018/05/04/stacey-koon-former-lapd-cop-police-officer-sgt-jailed-rodney-king-beating-arrested-dui/
According to multiple news reports out of Los Angeles County, 67-year-old Stacey Koon was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed into a parked car Tuesday (May 1).
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Message 1933645 - Posted: 4 May 2018, 17:34:19 UTC
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Another day, another cop
https://www.snopes.com/ap/2018/05/04/milwaukee-cop-suspended-violent-arrest-caught-video/
Four Milwaukee police officers are under investigation for kicking and punching an African American man while he was restrained on the ground during a confrontational arrest that was captured in several videos.


Another day, another cop
https://nypost.com/2018/05/03/cop-suspended-after-suspect-being-kicked-in-the-head-caught-on-video/
MIAMI — A Miami police officer was suspended with pay Thursday after a Facebook video showed a surrendering auto theft suspect being kicked in the head.

The Miami Herald reports that Police Chief Jorge Colina announced that Officer Mario Figueroa has been relieved of duty as the video “depicts a clear violation of policy.”


Another day, another cop
https://www.theroot.com/cop-who-killed-alton-sterling-caught-on-video-slapping-1825679955
According to the New York Post, Blane Salamoni, whose name sounds like the villain from a Scorsese Mafia movie, received a summons for simple battery on Friday after a review of his bodycam footage showed him assaulting an arrestee less than a month prior to the July 5, 2016, death of Sterling.


Another day, another cop
http://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/franklin-township-officer-on-leave-after-video-shows-suspect-being-kicked-in-head/1157352036
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, OH (WCMH) - A Franklin Township police officer is on leave after video posted to social media shows an officer kicking a suspect in the head while he was detained on the ground.

NBC4's Ted Hart confirms the officer was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Video shows a detained suspect on the ground being held by another officer when a second officer walks up and appears to kick the suspect in the head. The video, which was posted to Twitter early Wednesday morning, has been viewed more than 258,000 times.
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Message 1935181 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 17:02:58 UTC

Another day, Another Cop
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/officer-suspended-police-investigating-arrest-of-65-year-old-woman-during-traffic-stop/747318481
Thursday 5/10/2018 ORIGINAL STORY: Alpharetta police have suspended an officer and opened an internal investigation into his conduct after he used profanity and forcefully grabbed a 65-year-old diabetic grandmother during a traffic stop.

Watch, this will be the total punishment ...
Friday 5/11/2018 UPDATE: The officer has resigned.
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Message 1935202 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 18:41:13 UTC

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Message 1935352 - Posted: 12 May 2018, 13:58:08 UTC

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Message 1935813 - Posted: 15 May 2018, 23:07:58 UTC

Yep, again
http://abc7.com/lapd-officer-charged-on-suspicion-of-sexually-assaulting-a-minor/3478824/
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --
A Los Angeles police officer was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in her home in Torrance last month.

Kenneth Collard, 51, of Riverside, was charged with three counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

On April 4, Collard is said to have stayed at a friend's home in Torrance, when he is suspected of entering the victim's room in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting her.
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Message 1935848 - Posted: 16 May 2018, 5:19:49 UTC

#2 for today ...
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-glendale-indictment-20180515-story.html
As far back as 2015, a Glendale narcotics detective used burner phones to tip off gangsters about upcoming raids, once allowing a top target of federal law enforcement to elude arrest for a month, authorities said Tuesday.

John Saro Balian is also suspected of collaborating with other criminals to steal cars, presumably to sell abroad, and taking bribes to hunt people down.

When confronted by federal agents in four interviews over the last year, authorities say Balian, 45, lied about his ties to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime in Southern California.
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Message 1937465 - Posted: 28 May 2018, 8:18:03 UTC

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Message 1937595 - Posted: 29 May 2018, 9:47:54 UTC
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The US law enforcement are breaking Swedish laws on Swedish soil!
American Drug Enforcement Administration DEA agent sought to recruit pregnant toddler mother in Sweden as an informant
https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/amerikansk-agent-forsokte-rekrytera-informator-i-sverige
The DEA acted on Swedish soil, without permission, during the major Operation Playa. A DEA agent, together with a Swedish
police, tried to recruit a pregnant toddler mother as an informant. Her task would be to be a spider in the network in a supposed drug gang and secretly give the police information about this - an extremely dangerous mission.

The American agent, named Timothy Moran, was engaged early in the major investigation Operation Playa, an investigation spanning several continents.
He offered her 5,000 Euro in return for her acting as an informant, an offer she was not at all interested in.
"Being an informer is the most dangerous task you can have. It is completely fatal. The person who is revealed as a teller does not survive often, says Nils Erik Schultz, former state prosecutor who worked with cases where people were used by the police in this way.
The fact that a foreign police acts in this way on Swedish soil is completely illegal. It acknowledges the criminal commissioner who was in charge of the Operation Playa.
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Message 1937908 - Posted: 1 Jun 2018, 10:54:17 UTC

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Message 1938257 - Posted: 4 Jun 2018, 18:52:51 UTC

75 years ago, military and police riot (might be a painful read for a white supremacist)
https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/06/01/75-years-ago-zoot-suit-riots-marked-a-dark-period-in-southern-california-history/
And 75 years ago this weekend, on June 3, 1943, the zoot suit became forever tied to one of the darkest periods in the region’s history when U.S. military men took the streets of Los Angeles attacking young Mexican-American men, targeting those adorned in the attire.

Experts and scholars say the causes of the ensuing violence, that came to be known as the Zoot Suit Riots, are complex and varied: a growing distrust of immigrants, rampant racism and a perceived lack of patriotism from outsiders, among them.
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In response to the country’s shifting demographics, in 1924 Congress attempted to close the borders of the nation to nearly every country except those in northern and western Europe.
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“A lot of this was precipitated by black cultural expression hitting the white mainstream,” Pagan said. “You have this underground highly sexualized, highly physical, artistic expression and it was like the entire Western civilization was about the collapse.”
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“The notion of patriotism was tied to difference — symbolic difference — and the idea that somehow that recent immigrants are somehow not patriotic and are a threat,” said Professor Brian Levin with Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “And that’s a narrative that we teach today.”
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The zoot suit and anyone who wore it were vilified in the Los Angeles press, Lara said.

Headlines like “Marijuana Orgies Before Terror Sorties Bared in Gang Roundup” and “BLACK WIDOW GIRLS IN BOY GANGS; WAR ON VANDALS PUSHED” painted young Latinos and Latinas as hoodlums and thugs and the zoot suit as the uniform of their gang.
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“Even before the Zoot Suit Riots, people were tearing the zoot suits off these kids,” Pagan said. “Why would you try to rip clothing off of kids? This was a way of putting working class kids back into their place. As a person of color your obligation was to remain in the background of public places.”

Americans were so incensed and offended by a piece of clothing, they felt the need to tear it off the person, which both Pagan and Levin said has been echoed in recent reported attacks.

“We see it in the ripping of the hijabs off Muslim women’s heads — it’s just a piece of cloth. It’s doing nothing to anyone else,” Pagan said.
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The skirmishes between young Latinos and servicemen intesified on the evening of June 3, 1943, when about 50 sailors, armed with clubs and sticks, from the local U.S. Naval Reserve Armory marched through downtown Los Angeles, attacking anyone in the pachuco garb.

Over the next several days, it was more servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians joined the racially motivated, riots not only attacking zoot-suiters but also blacks and Filipinos.

It wasn’t until the U.S. military barred personnel from leaving their barracks did the attacks finally die down on June 8. The Los Angeles City Council issued a ban on zoot suits the following day.

“When people who are different are affirmatively exercising their rights in public, it is frequently deemed a threat,” Levin said. “It’s also presented as a symbol that existing tradition is somehow under attack.”
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“It’s important for people to know that it was a real thing that actually happened and that it’s part of our history,” said Alcaraz.

Seventy-five years later, some historians see similarities in the climate during World War II-era Los Angeles and today.

“I think the fears that existed at that time: international conflict, immigration and even the taking in of refugees, has some reflection today,” Levin said.”The difference today is we actually keep data on these kinds of things.”
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“Those who didn’t fit into the box of Americanization was seen as a threat and that is part of the subtext that we’re seeing today,” he said. “If someone stands out as a religious or racial minority they are a threat of what the American society is.”
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